Girl Guides - Girl Rock February 1, 2020: Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria (VIC), Australia. Credit: Ryan C / Event Photos Australia

Our People


The President

The President of Girl Guides Victoria is the Honourable Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria.

On 1 July 2015, the Honourable Linda Dessau AM was sworn in as Victoria’s 29th Governor, the first female in the role.

Immediately before her appointment as Governor, she was President of the Melbourne Festival, Chair of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Victorian Regional Committee and a national Board member of the Trust, a Commissioner of the Australian Football League, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, a Board member and former Chair of AFL Sportsready and Artsready, a Board member of the Unicorn Foundation, and a Patron of Sports Connect.

In 2010 the Governor was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to family law, and the community.

State Commissioner

The State Commissioner for Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Janelle Howell. Janelle is the 20th Victorian State Commissioner and assumed this role in February 2020 after serving as Executive Board Member.

Janelle brings a wide range of professional experience gained in the corporate and not for profit sectors to the role, including being a qualified primary school teacher and librarian, and five years as a residential boarding house mistress. Janelle is also the General Manager – Risk with AMP Australia. 

Janelle has a long legacy of volunteering including several Board positions, skilled volunteering and leadership with various charities including the Edmund Rice Camps which provides camping experiences for children and families experiencing disadvantage.

Janelle brings a strong understanding and appreciation for the work of the current State Team, and seeks to use her term as State Commissioner to amplify the Voice of the Girl through support of Leaders, enhancing leadership culture and experience.

Governance Chair

The Governance Chair of the Executive Committee of Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Holly Bracken.  She has been a member of the Executive Committee since May 2011 and Governance Chair since February 2020. Holly has a Bachelor of International Relations and is a qualified secondary school teacher. She has experience as a Unit Leader and is a current Guiding Partner. Holly is passionate about supporting young people to be active members of their communities and to influence positive change in the world.


Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer of Girl Guides Victoria is Ms Shannon Cheal. Shannon oversees and implements the strategic direction of Girl Guides Victoria and ensures that GGV meets all statutory and legislative requirements. Shannon is responsible for the management of all salaried staff, and oversees the state and federal grant programs.

Executive Team

Tess Birch

Occupation: Lawyer
Executive Member since: 6 June 2016
Experience: Legal experience, governance, corporate fund raising, guiding experience

Kathryn Brown

Occupation: Chartered Accountant
Executive Member since: 2 February 2019
Experience: Auditing, banking, fund management

Ann Cook

Occupation: Retired Manager, Research and Writing
Executive Member since: 30 May 2015
Experience: Administration, extensive Guiding knowledge, personnel management

Sarah Hill

Occupation: Senior Manager 
Executive Member since: 30 May 2020
Experience: Advocacy, senior management, strategy development, governance 

Julie Humphrey

Occupation: Director 
Executive Member since: 30 May 2020 
Experience: Leadership, governance, consulting, management, strategic planning and development 

Tina Kuek

Occupation: Senior Policy Officer
Executive Member since: 2 February 2019
Experience: Policy, Guiding experience, humanitarianism 

Helen Reid

Occupation: Librarian
Executive Member since: 25 May 2019
Experience: Management, research, Guiding experience

Lynda Sanders

Occupation: Property and Commercial Lawyer
Executive Member since: 28 May 2018
Experience: Law, child protection and social work, property.

Michele Stokes

Occupation: General Management
Executive Member since: 28 May 2018
Experience: Strategy, Growth, Business Development, Guiding Experience

Alexandra Wall

Occupation: Marketing Manager 
Executive Member since: 30 May 2020 
Experience: Community leadership, management and governance, senior management experience 


Members of the State Leadership Team

Members of the Staff Team

Our Organisational Structure